My pediatrician recommended that as soon as Cam wakes in the night, I go in, spend about 5 minutes comforting and reassuring him, then tell him I need to leave, but that I’ll come back to check on him in 5 minutes.
I thought there was no way in hell that would work, but decided to give it a try. When Cam cried at 1:40am, I went in and rocked him (his request) for a couple of minutes, then put him back in his bed. When he said the dreaded “Now you sit right there”, I told him that I needed to check on Pup because she wasn’t feeling well, but that I would come back in 5 minutes. I was shocked when he said “Ok Mama, leave the door open, and you come back”.
He instantly fell asleep when I left, but I waited the requisite 5 minutes, then went back in his room and rubbed his back. He sleepily said “You came back!” and when I told him I needed to give Pup medicine, he rolled over and went back to sleep. I snuck back a few minutes later, shut the door, and didn’t hear from him again until 6am.
Unfortunately I was up all night after that because I was so jazzed it worked the first time, and then I was sure he was going to wake again any minute, so it wasn’t worth it to go back to sleep yet.
My plan is to continue to do this every night and once we stop the night waking, try and shorten our bedtime routine. Eventually I think your child is supposed to just sleep through the night, but they didn’t give me a timeline for this. We’ll see. It went a lot better than the cry it out method I tried the night before.
Now I need to come up with more lies to tell Cam tonight. I can’t keep using the dog, I don’t want him to start to resent her. Let’s just hope this good sleep pattern continues.